GUWAHATI, April 27 - The Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim has decided to provide financial aid, under its COVID-19 Financial Assistance Scheme, to the advocates of these states who are not salaried employees.
The Bar Council, in a statement, today said that since most of these advocates are financially not very sound, as they earn their livelihood on a daily basis, the ongoing lockdown has rendered most of them out of work due to the restricted functioning of the courts. This has made most of them face extreme hardship.
Therefore, in a recent meeting the Bar Council decided to extend financial help to the affected advocates and formulated the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Scheme.
Under this scheme, any lawyer, who is in active legal practice and is really in need of financial assistance due to the ongoing lockdown, is entitled to apply for financial assistance in the prescribed format available on the Council website � www.barcouncilassametc.org.
The applicant, however, must not have a monetary deposit of over Rs 30,000 as on March 15, 2020. He or she should either email the application to the chairman of the Council at [email protected], or send it by speed post/registered post/courier or hand it over in person. The application should reach the Council on or before May 7, 2020.